December 01, 2012
Three things we learned following UK's 64-55 loss to Baylor:
1) UK needs to figure itself out on offense. Yes, the missed shots were concerning -- the Cats made 4 of 22 threes -- but the lack of good shots inside is more concerning. UK made 17 of 49 shots inside the arc. The main problem is that none of the big guys -- Noel, Cauley-Stein, Poythress or Wiltjer -- have any sense of a refined offensive game in the paint. Against Baylor, it was mostly "throw the ball up and see what happens."
In a game where UK got 40 extra possessions off offensive rebounds and turnovers, they only scored 24 points off of them. Not good.
2) This Cats team is more raw than any we've seen under Calipari. UK had never lost at home under Calipari and had only lost back-to-back games once (in SEC play during the 2011 season). Both of those just happened with a sloppy loss to Baylor, which didn't play particularly well on its own.
3) With no post presence, UK needs a point guard to really run the team, and they don't have that right now. Archie Goodwin handled most of the point guard duties, and while he can individually excel from that position, the team doesn't. Ryan Harrow showed some signs in his most significant game of the year (two assists, no turnovers), but for the most part, he still looks like a player well behind his teammates (two points on 1-of-9 shooting,